Located in the heart of Kapaa, the Bull Shed has been serving Kauai’s community since 1973. Completely renovated in April, it is now owned by Castle resort and hotel. The restaurant was originally opened by a Washington state native family. It’s hard to pinpoint where the name came from. Many stories answer the question, “why the Bull Shed?”
One says that the family owned a 70s steak house in Washington with the same name and kept it. Another simply explains that the grounds of the restaurant were once a pasture with a slaughterhouse, and thus the name.
If you are looking for a “casual dining steakhouse with the best ocean view,” the Bull Shed is an excellent choice, general manager Robin Dame says.
I have to agree. The table we were seated at almost felt like it was floating on water.
We started with the Waipouli Scallops, $13. Baked with mushrooms, garlic, parmesan cheese, and white wine sauce, they are the perfect starter for a sea food lover. If you like your food deliciously melting in your mouth, you will not regret this choice. Prime Rib is the local favorite and you can get the Bull Shed cut, with bone, for $35 or regular cut without the bone for $29. My favorite was the dessert Lappert’s Kauai Pie, $6. It is a phenomenal coffee and caramel ice cream pie that would satisfy your sweet tooth. The restaurant is open daily for dinner 5-9:30 with a happy hour starting at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, in addition to your food and drink, you can enjoy life performances by Troy Waialeale and Shito Pa. Mondays and Wednesdays are King Crab days, while Tuesdays and Thursdays are Porterhouse Steak days.
“I love my job,” says assistant manager Pamela Nuivo said, with a big smile, who has worked at the restaurant for 35 years. “We have a lot of local regulars and also visitors that have been coming to the island for the last 20 years and they always come back. We have very low turnover; some of our staff has been here for over 20 years.”
The warm smile of our server Andrea Keao, a staff member for 14 years, seems to confirm it.
“This is my fun job,” the waiter says. “I love working here and love all my co-workers.”